What Dreams May Come

Holy crow, I had quite the nightmare last night. I have very vivid dreams nearly every night and I always remember them. Supposedly this is a sign of mental illness. Makes sense.

This older couple had a house that was invaded by zombies that came down through the chimney and they were all bloody and membrane-y like burn victims. They just kept coming out of the chimney and suddenly the house caught fire. Somehow the zombies never get out of the house and the fire never reaches the house next door.

Cut to the house after it’s been rebuilt. A family moves in: mom, dad, daughter, two sons, nanny. The zombies come in again and start killing everyone. For some reason, they have British accents despite being from the US. For a moment, Winona Ryder circa 1990 was playing the 7-year-old daughter. The entire family dies except for the slacker older son, who has a party in the attic. The zombies are still outside, fenced in the backyard and suddenly, they’re the Plants vs Zombies zombies. I proceed to defeat them using the exploding plants from the game.

I wake up to Mark shuffling around getting ready for work and Burt crying, whining and barking because 6:45 AM is the appropriate time to cry and mean Daddy won’t take him out to poop.

What the HELL was that? Maybe I’m thinking about zombies too much, or maybe I’m playing the game too much (I spent all of Sunday trying to beat it… I did). Maybe it was Mark’s brother Joe talking about his zombie dream over dinner. Whatever it was, that was freaky and strangely horror movie-esque in the way the plot went.

Have you had any freaky zombie dreams? Ever play a game so much that it creeps into your head and you’re playing it while sleeping?

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Published in: on December 9, 2010 at 7:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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My True Love, My Addiction

I think you’ve become relatively familiar with me by now. I like chicken wings and would thus begin with the toes, were I to be zombified. You know what my dog looks like. I like animals better than humans. With all this knowledge, perhaps you’ve become comfortable with me. So, I think now is the appropriate time to let you know that I have an addiction.

I indulge in my addiction several times daily. I think about it, I dream about it, I do it between writing paragraphs to my thesis. I think you and I both know what I’m talking about: Plants Vs. Zombies.

Yes, I am an avid player of the defense and puzzle game created by PopCap Games. In fact, I have paid not once, but twice for Plants Vs. Zombies and would gladly pay for it again. Yes, I am aware that with the licensing you get 5 downloads of the game, but after I lost my laptop to a very recent house fire, I realized I had misplaced the email with my licensing information. And so, I purchased the game all over again, plunking down another $20.

If you don’t know anything about Plants Vs. Zombies, I highly recommend visiting PopCap Games and trying the game for free online. All you’ll be able to get through is the first level and you will be unable to access the other levels, mini games, or puzzle levels, among other features. However, you’ll become quickly addicted as you try to defend your house from zombies using the plants you are provided with. The plants are really cute and, strangely enough, the zombies are quite adorable themselves. Once you’ve mastered the game to a certain point, you can perform cool tricks, like make all the zombies have mustaches or wear weird 80s-type sunglasses. You can even create a “Zombitar” that leads the zombie armies into battle.

The game has both PC and Mac versions and is appropriate for all ages, as long as all ages can wrap their heads around the idea of battling the undead with rows of shooting, exploding, blocking, and smashing plants. It’s great for those who love to strategize and solve puzzles. I love this game. I don’t know why, it’s not especially difficult, and I am not one for lots of games, but I really, truly love this game.

And I’m going to go play it now.

For more information, visit Wikipedia for a full article on the game.

Published in: on December 2, 2010 at 7:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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